Across Black America for May 6, 2010

5/5/2010, 5 p.m.

Here's a look at African American issues and people making headlines throughout the country.

By OW Staff Writer
Two chains of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference are claiming that they are both the rightful board of directors for the group and recently held two different directors meetings, one in Eutaw Alabama and the other 200 miles away in Atlanta, GA. The group has been struggling with negative controversy, particularly the firing of previous chairman and treasurer for allegedly unethical financial practices. Though it still hasn't been determined who is officially in charge, the SCLC still plans to have its annual convention this August and name Bernice King its new president.

Congressman Joe Baca, a well-known advocate of immigration reform is calling for a statewide boycott of Arizona, urging people not to spend money, travel to, or hold any revenue producing conferences there unless absolutely necessary. "This law is about hate, racial profiling and divisiveness," said Baca.

African Vibes Magazine celebrated its fourth anniversary recently by hosting a fashion show at the Avalon Hollywood, accompanied with plenty of entertainment. The event showcased fashions by Monalisa Okojie, Korto Momolu, Sheila Denanyo and many more African designers. Singer Awilo Longomba performed and received the African Ambassador Award from the magazine editor.

District of Columbia
Social activist Bernice Johnson Reagon has announced that she will make a presentation for the Highlander Research and Education Center, which promotes social change in the African American community, for their tireless effort to improve life and status for people of color.

The Gathering of Women, Inc. held its first Women of Distinction Banquet at the St. Petersburg Country Club recently. The purpose of the organization is to unite, uplift, and empower women and the ceremony was to honor specific women who work diligently to improve the community and haven't received the recognition they deserve.

Justice Micheal has amazed the city of Atlanta with what he can do with a drum set at only 11 years old. The child prodigy has already won numerous talent shows, played at the Trumpet Awards, performed at halftime at an Atlanta Hawks game, and had the privilege to work with world-renowned drummer Sonny Emory. In addition, he has recently been invited to the Apollo and has already won first place in the first two rounds. Emory is the crowd favorite to go all the way.

Many Democrats and house committee members were outraged at a hearing recently when Democratic Senator Kwame Raoul called League of Women Voters employee Chris Butler a "token" after he voiced opinions on the legislator's commitment to helping minorities. The purpose of the hearing was to get a new districting plan approved but the plan will fail if no Republicans approved and right now that is the case. They have threatened to boycott if the new plan gets approved and gives too much power to lawmakers.

NFL Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers is slated to be the keynote speaker at the True Celebration 2010 ceremony which will be hosted by the Goshen Center for Cancer Care. The ceremony's purpose is to celebrate cancer survivors and remember those that have lost the battle, such as Brian Piccolo, Sayers' Chicago Bear teammate who he helped through his struggle with cancer. Their inspirational story will be highlighted at the ceremony.